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Basic Trope: An evil child.
  • Straight: Bob is an evil ten-year-old.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Kids Are Cruel.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob appears to be evil, but we learn he's only pretending so that he can infiltrate an organization consisting of actual evil children.
    • Bob is actually an immortal creature who pretends to be a human child.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob goes to a camp every summer where the counselers teach the campers how to be evil.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is your average villain until he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn. He goes to a measure of goodness that rivals that of the The Hero's. In order to defeat the Big Bad, Alice, Bob must perform a Face–Heel Turn. Eventually Bob crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Averted: Bob isn't evil.
  • Enforced: One of the writers decided to make Bob a villain because there are too many Kid Heroes in the series.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "No matter what horrible thing I do, I will get away with it! You know why? Cuz I'm still a child and no one ever suspects children! Delicious!!"
    • "You're going in time-out for fifteen to life once I get my hands on you, little boy!"
  • Invoked: Alice decides to use a mind control device so that more kids can join her organization of evil children. Bob is one of these who is affected by the device.
  • Exploited: Because he's a kid, people don't know he's evil when they look at Bob, since he's cute. Bob uses this to get away with his crimes.
  • Defied: Before he was born, Bob's more heroic father Charles did everything in his power to make sure that Bob wouldn't be born evil.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "There aren't many evil kids in real life." "Yeah, keep telling yourself that, buddy!!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob is caught because he does not have the intelligence or resources of an adult.
  • Reconstructed: Bob does not get caught because he has top level intelligence and the wisdom to back it up. He compensates for lack of resources with truly fearsome cunning .
  • Played For Laughs: All of Bob's crimes fall in the territory of Felony Misdemeanor, like, for example, stealing cookies from the cookie jar.
  • Played For Drama: When the government finds out Bob's evil, they send an entire team to find him, and they have to take Bob away from his parents.
  • Implied: The fact that Bob has been committing crimes for decades despite not being very old, implies that he started doing them when he was a child.

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